Highly-evolved, stewarded cuisine finds its diners on humble local grounds.

Blocks from the tarmac at SeaTac Airport lies a staycation destination most Seattleites have only read about. Truth be told, it is near impossible to find via iPhone Maps as it is burrowed into gated communities, behind sleepy suburban ramblers and next door to a YMCA that serves as a landmark, the Cedarbrook Lodge has emerged onto the gastronomic scene – just a few miles further south than where the usual headliner lists its address.

Bona fide northwestern chef’s take on seafood with the help of his wine right arm.

John Howie is a man of large stature. His lofty presence in the boxy, bleached chef coat exudes power, both to the food Lament and the culinary enlightened. With three restaurants pulling in stats as major players, he has two future ventures on deck and is ready to compete with the best of them. As an authority figure in Northwest restauranteering, John Howie is the real deal and could probably beat you up if you disagree.